Key 2: Altered Perceptions

Time Flies-Tempus Fugit


Time flies when you’re having fun and also when you’re not. Have you noticed that? Falls right in line with our exploration of Enchanted Key #2-Altered Perceptions.


If you’re in the part of the world, like I am, that switches to Daylight Saving Time, (with the exception of Arizona) we just lost an hour of sleep. Most of us are already scrambling to catch up with ourselves. Losing an hour doesn’t help. But, I do love the longer hours of sunlight each day, so I’ll happily give my hour over to that cause.


I’m pondering time. I find it very interesting that, collectively, we wink at each other twice a year and collude to pretend that now it’s an hour earlier/later than it “really” is.


Do you know whose idea this first was? Ben Franklin! I grant him Enchanted Key #2 for Altered Perceptions. He deduced that shifting time would result in decreased use of electricity and conservation of energy.

It turns out that in 1784 he actually urged the residents of Paris, France to get up an hour earlier to save evening candle hours. Yeah…that didn’t work. In 1907, William Willet came up with the idea of changing the clocks by an hour but, it too, was rejected. In 1916, Germany and the UK were the first to try it. Then, in 1918, the USA gave it a go. (And BTW, it’s Daylight Saving Time, not SavingS, as people often say it.)


Another related navel-staring thought is that DST can change the birth order of twins. For example, while twins born at 11:55 p.m. and 12:05 a.m. may have different birthdays, and one born on December 31st and the other on January 1st can have different birth years, if babies are born during the time change in the fall, one could be born at 1:55 a.m. and the second, born ten minutes later, could have an earlier birth time at 1:05 a.m. In the spring, there’s a gap when no babies are born at all: from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.


They say that as we age, we seem to experience time as going faster than when younger. I checked out some research about that (while the hands flew around my clock) and discovered that it may have to do with NEW experiences vs. ones that have become routine. Firsts stand out in time with greater detail. A first kiss is often experienced differently than a 258th kiss. Time stands still (or seems to) because all of the senses are engaged (Enchanted Key #4 for Sensory Experiences). Driving somewhere for the first time seems to take longer than when you’ve traveled the route many times. This appears to be across cultures, throughout history, and occurs globally.


Dr. Stephan Rechtshaffen wrote a book called TIMESHIFTING, and in it describes the perception of people suffering from Time Poverty, or not enough time to do what they want to do.

This week I invite you to play with time. Make time to do one thing you didn’t previously believe you had time to do. Let us know how it goes…

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